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  INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

Ness Castle, INverness

 Wednesday evening Session

29th November.  Meet at 6pm 

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******** forecast is for cold dry weather (feels like -3 degrees).  Dress warmly.  ******

Map: 1:5,000 new in 2016 and updated in 2017

Terrain:  Mixed terrain of birch, beech, farmland and urban.  Path network and fences give good handrails and attack points.  

Courses & Training: Start of night orienteering.  Build on previous sessions and focus on map contact, distance estimation and compass bearings from attack points.  Head  torches are needed and high viz clothing.

  • Short course of northern night cup standard (mainly yellow with some orange controls).  1.9km.  Uses fences and tracks.  Some controls off the tracks.
  • Medium course of northern night cup standard.  Planned at light green as per NNC.  3.4km but with cut offs.  Includes some urban sections, but suitable for U16s.
  • (NB children age 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult, unless prior agreement with organiser - as per NNC guidelines).

Start times: 6pm to 6.10pm.  

Courses close at 6.50pm.

To register: To guarantee you a map please fill in this short form by Tuesday PM. Some maps available on the day.

Cost: £2/£1 (adults/Juniors)

Timing: no timing aside from your stop watch it is for fun/training.  

Kit: Reflective 'night' kites.

Parking: This will be in the new Ness Castle housing development.  Leave Inverness on the B862 (Dores Road).  200m after passing the Nessside Tesco roundabout turn left and go up the hill on the new road to the Ness Castle development.  At the development take the second exit at the roundabout which bends slightly to the right.  The housing development is on your right hand side, woods are on your left.  Go to the end of this road and park.  Park considerately and do not obstruct the entrance to the construction site yard.

Safety: Everyone to return to finish at 6.50pm.  Carry a watch.  Carry a torch (and spare batteries or torch).  High visibility clothing advised if possible.  Treat all fences as having barbed wire.  With night orienteering children 13 and under accompanied by adult, unless agreed with organiser. Dog Walkers- caution and consideration. Whistle compulsory.   Dores Road & Torbreck Road is out of bounds.  Spare, warm clothes in car.

Organiser/Planners: James Laird  Contact: 07766600989

Coaches present: Just James doing an impression of one. :-) 

TD5 Winter Training

Technical Difficulty 5 (TD5) the lingo for the top navigation challenge faced by those running green, blue, brown and black courses. After the success of last years series monthly training series we will be repeating it again, but with a difference this year.  This year we will be doing some Wednesday evening trainings with the occasional weekend training.  Anyone willing to plan the training session should contact Suzanne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or James This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017/18 sessions planned:

20th Sept 2017: Lochardil Woods - map reading on the move

18th Oct 2017: School Wood, Farr - compass and pacing

29th Nov 2017: Ness Castle  - compass and pacing and map reading on the move (night training)

Dec 2017: to be arranged

Jan 2017: to be arranged

Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50